80s Action Movies! Who didn’t love watching a 1 man army take down some truly memorable villains? The 80s in particular were a very special time in action movie history that were absolutely filled with memorable quotes, plots and characters that live on in our memories to this day.
We’ve pilfered through several of the designs here on m00nshot and chosen our top 15 favorite 80s action movie t-shirts. Here we go...
1. Nakatomi Plaza Christmas Party
Here’s a Christmas shirt that you can wear all year round. This party had everything. Classy horderves, safe cracking euro terrorists... It’s just a shame Joseph Takagi didn’t make it to the after party.
2. Jack Burton's Trucking Co.
It’s all in the reflexes. Sure the Pork Chop Express was Jack’s truck, but this fictitious trucking company is definitely worth hiring when you need the job done right. Just remember what ol' Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big ol' storm right square in the eye and he says, “Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it.”
3. Be Nice
Inspired by the wisdom of Dalton, the best bouncer in the business. If you want to properly clean up a nightclub, you need to be nice, until it’s time to not be nice.
4. Lincoln Hawk's Long Haul Trucking Co.
Only in the 80s could a movie be made about an arm wrestler who’s fate of winning custody of his son relied on the outcome of an arm wrestling competition.
5. Harry Ellis - Master Negotiator
Here’s a Die Hard inspired design that really thought outside the box. We love it. Harry Ellis eats Euro Trash for breakfast. That’s why he was voted the 1988 negotiator of the year by the Nakatomi Corporation.
6. Remember, Sully
Sully should have taken John Matrix’s threats a bit more serious. Instead of living out the rest of the 80s driving Rae Dawn Chong around in that sweet yellow 911 Porsche, he became a permanent fixture of the landscape at the bottom of a canyon.
7. Cobra Kai Body Bags
Get him a body bag, yeeeeeah! This is by far one of our most favorite parody designs. Inspired by the fight scene between Daniel and Johnny when Bobby yells his classic line. Notice the body bag wrapped up in the cobra tail. It's that type of attention to detail that makes this design unlike any other Cobra Kai shirt on the planet.
8. Sho'nuff's Gym
Train with the meanest and the baddest at Sho'nuff's gym. Build muscle with the baddest mofo low down around this town. T-Shirt inspired by The Last Dragon. Shonuff!
9. Whitman, Price and Haddad
Inspired by everyone's favorite game show, The Running Man! Whitman, Price and Haddad. Last season's winners. There they are now, basking under the Maui sun.
10. Buddy Revell's Brace Knuckle Co.
When in need of some brass knuckles for an after school fight, rely on the Buddy Revell Co. for quality. This epic parody was inspired by Buddy Revell, the bully from Three O'Clock High. What ever happened to that guy?
11. Sho'nuff All Star
An epic mashup parody featuring Sho'nuff (The Shogun of Harlem) mashed up with old school Chuck Taylor Converse design. Kiss my converse!
12. Makes Cambodia Look Like Kansas
We’ve seen some bad-ass bush before, man, but nothin’ like this. This shirt’s something’. Makes Cambodia look like Kansas. Inspired by Predator.
13. Burton's Gym
Jack Burton's Gym. It's all in the reflexes. A pretty rad parody T-Shirt inspired by Big Trouble in Little China.
14. Vandancing with the Stars
What do you get when you mash up the iconic Van Damme kickboxer dance scene with the Dancing with the Stars TV show? Why, Vandancing with the Stars of course!
15. Rumsfield's Neighborhood Watch
Okay, so The Burbs wasn’t exactly an action movie. But Rumsfield’s neighborhood watch is a brilliant parody and definitely could have been a movie and he qualifies as an action star in our book by default.
And there you have it folks. We hope this list has put you in the mood to go dust off your DVD collection and fire up some of these classics!